From the April, 2004 issue of Touchstone
abortion Choice Superstition by Patrick Gray

Choice Superstition

Patrick Gray on Abortion Rhetoric & Common Sense

The Kentucky farmer and philosopher Wendell Berry called a recent book “An Essay Against Modern Superstition,” and many readers must have asked: If an idea or practice is modern, isn’t it free from superstition? Superstition is something primitive, unscientific, and unmodern. Fear of the “Evil Eye” and belief in palm reading are superstitions. Anyone who thinks that a person meets misfortune as the result of a dirty look or can avoid misfortune by following the advice of a fortune-teller does not know how the real world works.

What is superstition? Philosophers of old, as well as modern philosophers like Bertrand Rus . . .


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